Association’s Fall Board of Directors Meeting Heads to Saratoga Springs

The Fall Meeting of the Association’s Board of Directors will be held on October 17th at the Embassy Suites Hotel located in Saratoga Springs. The agenda will include an update…
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Restaurant & Tavern Owners Ask Court to Uphold SLA Regulation Protecting Small Businesses from “Junk Fees” Charged by Liquor Wholesalers

A number of restaurants and taverns joined with the leading trade associations representing the state’s hospitality industry to call on the NYS Supreme Court to uphold the State Liquor Authority’s…
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Legislature Leaves Town Without Taking Up ABC Reform

The State Senate left town on June 9th with the Assembly finishing up their work on June 21st (after a two week break) without advancing broad reform of the alcoholic…
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Senate Confirms New SLA Chair and Commissioner

The most important actions taken at the end of the session impacting your business was the sudden announcement that SLA Chairman Bradley was being replaced by Governor Hochul with SLA…
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ESRTA Safety Group 554 Dividend Announced

The Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association (ESRTA) Safety Group 554 and the New York State Insurance Fund are pleased to announce a 40 percent dividend for the policy year…
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Annual Golf Outing Rules Cronin’s Golf Resort

Ninety-two golfers teed off at Cronin’s Golf Resort for the annual “Cleo Emmer Hospitality Open” last month. Thanks to the work of the Golf Committee the day was a tremendous success.…
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ESRTA Executive Director Comments on SLA Changes

ESRTA Executive Director, Scott Wexler, was a guest on NY Public Radio’s Capital Pressroom to talk about the changes at the State Liquor Authority. Listen to the interview here:
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Minimum Wage Increase Included in New State Budget

The final state budget agreement includes increases in the minimum wage over the next three years after which the minimum wage will be indexed to inflation. It also includes off-ramps…
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Fossil Fuel Ban Exempts Commercial Food Establishments

There has been a lot of attention at the state and federal level to proposals that would ban the use of fossil fuel equipment in buildings. You may remember a…
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Bottle Bill/Extended Producer Responsibility

Not included in the final state budget was the Governor’s proposal to require suppliers to be responsible for the paper and packaging waste they generate. These so-called extended producer responsibility…
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ABC Law Review Commission Recommends Changes to Law

The Commission to Study Reform of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, created as part of last year’s state budget, released their recommendations for changing the law including allowing restaurants, taverns,…
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Plans for 2023 Golf Outing Announced

It’s time to make your plans to attend the Association’s Annual Golf Outing. We’re once again hosting the outing at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg. This year’s outing will be…
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